100 Years Ago: Former School Teacher Killed in Action, Springbrook Man Dies in Plane Accident, Horses Required, William Style Home, No Compliments to Nurses, Ad for Columbia Records

The Intelligencer May 22, 1916 (page 1)

“Gave His Life For Country. Former Belleville School Teacher Listed in Casualties as Killed In Action. In the casualty list to-day appears the name of Lieut. Thomas Harold Fennell, next of kin at Eaglehart, Ont., who is reported killed. He was a member of the Mounted Rifles.

Lieut. Fennell referred to is known to many in the city, and especially to those who attended Belleville High School during the years 1912, 1913 and a portion of 1914. He was a teacher in the commercial department of the High School and also took an active interest in the Cadet Corps in connection with the school.

Lieut. Fennel, after severing his connection in Belleville left for the West with the intention of studying law. When the war broke out he enlisted and left Canada with the first contingent.

News of his death will be received with deep regret by all who knew him. Deceased was a painstaking and capable teacher.”

[Note: Lieutenant Thomas Harold Fennell died on May 17, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 84 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 22, 1916 (page 1)

“Lieut. Bateman Killed When Plane Collapses. Lieut. George S. Bateman of Springbrook, Hastings County, was killed in an aeroplane accident near Portsmouth, England, on the 18th inst.

He left this city last year with the 39th Battalion. In company with another aviator, Bateman was making a flight, when at a height of 1000 feet the plane gave way and the machine dived to the ground, killing both occupants. Lieut. Bateman was previous to the war lieutenant of ‘H’ company of the 9th Regiment, Hastings Rifles.”

[Note: Lieutenant George Simpson Bateman died on May 18, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 51 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 22, 1916 (page 1)

“Many Horses Are Required For Active Military Service. Ottawa. Advices from the War Office indicate that a very considerable number of horses for military purposes will be required from Canada this summer. Buying on a somewhat extensive scale is to be resumed by the British Remount Commission, with headquarters in Montreal.

About sixty thousand horses have been purchased in Canada for war purposes by the allied Governments since the outbreak of the war, while more than six hundred thousand have been purchased in the United States. Probably another twenty thousand will be purchased in Canada this year. This insures a steady market and continued good prices for horses suitable for artillery and transport work.

Lieut.-Col. Dr. Warnock, M.P., has been ordered to again report for duty in Montreal to help superintend the work of securing and inspecting remounts.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1916 (page 2)

“Another Hero Home. Private William Style, whose home is in Thurlow Township, arrived in this city yesterday, having been invalided home. The unfortunate hero left here with the first contingent being then a member of the 15th Battalion of this city.

He was wounded in the leg and has been for some time in a convalescent hospital in England. He has two months leave of absence, and it is his intention to return to the front.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1916 (page 3)

“Maj.-Gen. Hodgins, adjutant-general, Ottawa, has sent out to all units in Canada the following letter:

‘beg to call your attention to the fact that it is very noticeable that troops of the Canadian Expeditionary Force do not pay compliments to nursing sisters. It is, therefore, requested that you will cause all troops under your command to be instructed on this subject. Nursing sisters hold the rank of lieutenant and are entitled to the compliments of that rank.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1916 (page 6)

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